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Charges to be filed Tuesday in case of missing Kokomo mother

Charges will be filed Tuesday, in the case of a missing Kokomo mother.

Kelly Armstrong, 28, was reported missing last September. This month, Armstrong's family announced that Kelly's boyfriend, Travis Funke, confessed to her murder and told police he placed her body in a trash bag.

Armstrong's father said police were searching the Wabash Valley landfill, but that effort has now ceased.

"Last time we met with them they said their resources were depleted and they were gonna search two more days," said David Armstrong. "I know they searched (last) Monday and Tuesday and now they're done."

Armstrong said he's not even sure his daughter is in the landfill, because he can't trust Funke.

He said Funke told police his Kelly died in July, however his son-in-law claims she called and talked to him on Aug. 2.

"He's lied from the start, and we don't think he's telling the whole truth now," said Armstrong.

Fox59 contacted the Kokomo Police Department to get an update on the investigation Monday, but was unable to receive any information.

Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann said he was going to file charges in the case on Tuesday. Armstrong hopes whatever the charges are, Funke gets life in prison.

In the meantime, Armstrong is planning to bring in outside help and go back to the landfill.

"We are looking at search teams from New York, Michigan and North Carolina," said Armstrong. "We've come to terms that, we're not going to see her again. We're not going to be able to speak to her, but we're not going to accept the fact that the landfill will be her final resting place. That's unacceptable."

He is hoping people in the community will open their hearts and wallets to help them foot the bill. Anyone wishing to help, can do so by visiting Operation Find Kelly.

The family said right now, Funke is in jail on an unrelated offense. Funke and Armstrong have a 2-year-old son together.

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